Sunderland expects new business from new berthCompany News // August 24, 2012
Port of Sunderland in the UK says it is hoping to win new business following developments to its secondary river berth that will allow it to broaden its service offer and significantly add to its operational capacity.
Port of Sunderland has invested in improvements to Greenwells Quay, its 220m river berth, to make it suitable for more activities, including offshore renewable energy, subsea, conventional and project cargo handling.
The improvements to Greenwells Quay have included work to its road infrastructure, meaning it can now be used for other activities than just vessel lay-by. It is hoped that the developments to the port’s facilities could help further increase the number of commercial vessels coming into its docks over the coming months and years.
Matthew Hunt, Port of Sunderland’s director, said: “Port of Sunderland implemented growth plans as part of the city’s economic masterplan in 2010, and, with the backing of the city council, we have seen significant investment that is already heralding results.
"The improvements we have made to the Greenwell’s Quay berth will, we believe, significantly increase the port’s earning potential, opening up more commercial opportunities and really maximising its natural assets.
“Developments such as this, and of course the investment we made earlier this year in a £500,000 Liebherr crane for cargo handling, are helping us to build a really compelling case for the city, making it more attractive to businesses looking for a forward-thinking and highly capable port.
“Work at Greenwells Quay will allow us to significantly increase both our berthing and cargo handling capacity and better serve our growing customer base.
"Located just five minutes from open sea, and now offering a roll-out ro-ro ramp, heavy lift crane pad and a load out quay for heavy lifts, it really does represent an exciting step forward for Port of Sunderland.”
It is expected that, with added capacity for bulk cargo handling, the port will be able to further grow its customer-base. Already, there has been a significant increase in the number of commercial vessels using Port of Sunderland, with 450 vessels berthed at the port between April 1 2011 and March 31 2012, representing an 84 per cent increase compared with 245 the year before.
Mr Hunt added: “The increased business we are already beginning to see at Port of Sunderland is very encouraging, and we are confident that, with the improvements made to Greenwells Quay, we can build upon this and further cement Sunderland’s reputation as a progressive and responsive port.”